Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 contains more than 3,000 pieces of American sheet music from Duke University. The variety of music in the collection provides a window into American history and culture. The collection is strong in antebellum Southern music and Confederate and Civil War songs. It also includes minstrel songs, patriotic and political songs, spirituals, dance music, marches, and songs from vaudeville, "Tin pan alley", and World War I. Sheet music cover illustrations convey the political, patriotic, racial and religious views held at the time the music was composed.
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These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.
- The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
- Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
- Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930
Related Collections and Exhibits
- African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
- An American Ballroom Companion: ca. 1490-1920
- The American Variety Stage, 1870-1920
- Band Music from the Civil War Era
- Civil War Sheet Music
- Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music 1820-1860
- Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885
- The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
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